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DOT Physicals

DOT physicals (Department of Transportation physicals) are required by the Department of Transportation for all commercially licensed drivers. The physicals are mandated for CDL drivers to ensure that they are physically capable of safely operating a commercial vehicle.

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the results of a DOT physical will either qualify or disqualify drivers from acquiring or renewing a CDL. The Department of Transportation requires that all drivers be capable of:

  •  20/40 visual acuity (with or without corrective aids)
  • 70 degrees or more of peripheral vision in each eye
  •  Hearing a ‘forced’ whisper 5 feet away without a hearing aid (or)
  • Passing a formal audiometer hearing test
  • Blood pressure at or below 140/90, or 180/110 with certification restrictions

Conditions that automatically or potentially disqualify drivers from acquiring/renewing a CDL:

  • A history of alcoholism
  • Recreational drug use
  • Some prescription drugs
  • Systemic conditions (diabetes, heart disease)
  • A history of seizures
  • Loss of limb, or other physical impairments

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a DOT physical?

You must get a DOT physical to acquire and maintain a commercial driver’s license.

What should I expect during a DOT physical?

The Department of Transportation requires that you’re physical be administered by a licensed medical examiner. During the DOT exam, your doctor will evaluate your eyesight and peripheral vision, as well as your hearing and blood pressure. He or she will also review your medical history, any physical impairment you may have, and your use of prescription and non-prescription drugs.

How often do I need to get a DOT physical?

Your doctor will provide you with a medical examiner’s certificate that may be good for a period of up to 24 months. After the certificate expires, you must undergo another physical to maintain your license. Keep in mind that your certificate may not be valid for the full 24 months if your medical examiner determines you to have a condition in need of monitoring.